Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last To Die - Book Review

This book is part of a series involving the main character Jack Swytek. If you love mystery and intricately woven plots, you will enjoy this book. This is a classic, "who done it" kind of book and it left me guessing until the end.

The story unfolds with the story of a woman (Sally) who loses her daughter in a brutal murder. She is also attacked. Years later, fate and a rich inheritance, allows her to take matters into her own hands to find the murderer of her daughter and in order to do that, she has herself killed. The tale slowly unfolds as the puzzle pieces come together as Sally names the people who have hurt her the most as heirs to her 46 million dollar inheritance. But there's a catch - only the last person alive can inherit Sally's money.

Jack Swyntek is a lawyer who represents one of the "murder" suspects. The suspect is a contract killer with a shady past that everyone warns Jack about. He is also the brother of Jack's best friend, Theo. To thicken the plot, this suspect is also named as an heir to Sally's millions. Tatum (Theo's brother and Jack's client) claims his innocence and Jack takes on the case to represent Tatum.  Soon one by one, the heirs start to die. 

The story is fast paced and Grippando does an excellent job keeping the story fluid and believable. He develops his characters very well and the ending has several climaxes as all is finally tied together. I will definitely be reading more of his books!

I recommend this book to the classic mystery lover.

You can buy this book by clicking here. 

To the Christian: This book is of this world. There is no mention of God unless the author is making the reader aware than the character doesn't believe in Him. Several times throughout the book people swear. The lawyers are greedy, the main character is selfish and the women are all "hot" and "beautiful".  (I am always surprised by the lack of ugly women in some novels.) There are sexual innuendos but nothing graphic.There are some graphic murder scenes. There is some interesting over-seas humanitarian work that is mentioned quite extensively.

This book allowed me to see life outside my little Christian world. I, like many other Christians, have Christians friends, usually read Christian material, listen to sermons and Christian music and mostly interact with my family or others from my church. So it is always a bit shocking when I read secular books of fiction. As I read, I am constantly thinking, "he needs to pray, I can't believe he didn't call out to God to help him, they are worth more than that, I hope she makes it to Heaven, why doesn't she seek God, etc). My Christian life is not the norm and it's not supposed to be (Matt. 7:13-14), but books of fiction have allowed me to remove my "blinders" to see "normal" people, acting and behaving "normally" as the world would behave. It sounds a bit silly, but these kinds of books have helped me understand people better and hopefully help me in better serve my fellow man and bring glory to my God some way.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review - Doctrines that Divide By Erwin Lutzer

Doctrines that Divide by Erwin Lutzer

"Doctrine is a vital part of the Christian faith, but certain doctrinal 
beliefs have divided the church for centuries. Today when many are calling
for unity by glossing over major theological differences, Lutzer revisits
those differences and shows not only how the divisions came about but also
why such divisions were necessary." (back of the book)

This book does not have to be read chronologically. If there are specific questions to specific doctrines, this book makes it easy just to jump to the chapter that pertains to the readers question. Here is a list of all the chapters and doctrines this book covers:
          1. Is Christ Truly God?
          2. Is Christ Truly Man? 
          3. Was Mary the Mother of God?
          4. Was Peter the First Pope?
          5. Justification: By Faith, Sacraments, or Both?
          6. Why Can't We Agree About the Lord's Supper?
          7. Why Can't We Agree About Baptism?
          8. How Many Books Are in the Bible?
          9. Predestination or Free Will: Augustine v. Pelagius
        10. Predestination or Free Will: Luther v. Erasmus
        11. Predestination or Free Will: Calvin v. Arminius
        12. Predestination or Free Will: Whitefiled v. Wesley
        13. Can a Saved Person Ever Be Lost?

I read this book in order and was just amazed at the different questions Lutzer raises that I had never even thought to raise. Important questions. 

For example: I always knew I believed in the Trinity, but when asked, "Did God die on the cross?" I answered "No, God does not die". So was Jesus God? I answered "yes". So did Jesus die on the cross? I answered "Yes". So did God die on the cross. Ummm "yes?"

I believe it is a good thing to wrestle with these very deep theological truths. It is good to understand that God is mysterious and that the creature will never completely understand the Creator (Job 36:26). As a Baptist, I "know" what I should believe and I trust those who teach me, but I think there is a time to reflect on "why" I believe certain doctrines and not others.

Lutzer does a great job unfolding and unpacking what other doctrines uphold to. And I found myself understanding where the opposition came from and why they believe their doctrines, but in the end, I was grateful for a clearer picture of my own convictions. The knowledge obtained by reading this book is priceless. In an age where doctrinal lines are being blurred for the sake of unity within the "body", this book is invaluable. 

Here is a small excerpt that really caught my attention: "I have learned never to let a person tell me that he believes in Christ without asking, "Which Christ?". Albert Schweitzer, the humanitarian, believed in a Christ who was essentially insane; Rudolf Bultmann, the German theologian, believed in a mythological Christ; Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, believed in a human Christ; many modern cultist believe in a created Christ."

What we believe about Jesus is crucial! It is so easy to dismiss learning and studying these things because we believe these pursuits to be for pastors or professors, but nothing can be further from the truth. Lets look at Scripture:

Hosea exclaims: "my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6)
                           "... a people without understanding will come to ruin!" (Hosea 4:14)
Isaiah explains: "my people will go into exile for lack of understanding" (Isaiah 5:13)
Jeremiah perceives: " they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God. (Jeremiah 5:4)
Proverbs says: "It is not good to have zeal without knowledge (Proverbs 19:2)
Paul expected us to learn: "I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of  goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another." (Romans 15:14)
Paul implored: It is important that we go forward in the light of such truth as we have already learned. (Philippians 3:16)
Paul prayed:  "...asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9-10)

And there are so many others!

One of my favorite verses is this: 
 . "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect," ~ I Peter 3:15

The experience I had from reading this book is that I know nothing! And I say this not to discourage you from reading it, but as an encouragement TO read because God is just so deep, and so wide, and so big, and so awesome that we will never fully "know" Him. But this excites me! He is so NOT boring! He is so NOT ordinary! He is so NOT bland! And the more I learn about God, the more I want to learn about God. And the more I learn about God, the more I learn about myself. Who I am? Who I want to be? He reveals all my what's, why's, where's etc through Himself. 

I really hope you consider going deeper in your faith by learning more and more about our Creator. 

You can buy this book on Amazon here.
5 out of 5 stars
Book is 243 pages long

Friday, September 12, 2014

Diary of David Brainerd - Book Review

My pastor challenged all in our church who have gone or would like to go on a mission trip to read at least one book of  the life of a missionary. He mentioned a book on kindle that was actually free, so I downloaded it. The book is: "The Life and Diary of David Brainerd with Commentary by Jonathan Edwards".

I had heard of David Brainerd before and started reading. Talk about humbling!! At first it was very difficult to adjust to his utter wretchedness. I actually believed that the diary was beginning at a time in his life before he was saved and that he was writing about his feelings on the pangs of guilt and shame that sinners feel before they are saved. But as I kept on reading, I realized that this was just him. He was so in tune with his sin, so aware of his state that I couldn't help but to feel shame that I wasn't as serious about mine. Constantly, sometimes weeks at a time he would mention his corrupted person, and it would affect him so much that he would actually become physically sick. Here is a short excerpt of his diary on May 2, 1741:

"God was pleased this morning to give me such a sight of myself, as made me appear vile in my own eyes. I felt corruption stirring in my heart, which I could by no means suppress; felt more and more deserted; was exceeding weak, and almost sick with my inward trials"

There are moments when he feels better and praises God, but most of the time he is melancholic and suffers so much because of the sin in his life, his lack of holiness and this desperation of not doing enough for God.

He is also overcome with compassion for the lost. He longs for their salvation! He spends hours pleading to God for them. The prayers in his diary are full of anguish, self-examination, and fervency for holiness. I then look at my diary and it's so bland and emotionless.

April 13, 1743 he writes:
"My heart was overwhelmed within me; I verily thought I was the meanest, vilest, most helpless, guilty, ignorant, benighted creature living. And yet I knew what God had done for my soul, at the same time: though sometimes I was assaulted with damping doubts and fears, whether it was possible for such a wretch as I to be in a state of grace. "

Does the thought of grace for me cause me to question God "why did you choose me?" Not question Him on "how He could" but "why He did". When I am aware of my cesspool of a life, do I marvel at the wonder that God loves me!?!? Or have I forgotten the magnificent impact that redemption causes?

In this book, I also learned that David Brainerd went to Yale, but was expelled because he had called one of the professors a name. Not being able to go to school, he then was asked to preach to the Native Americans in New England. He begins his work with the Mohegan Indians at Kaunaumeek in New York in April of 1743 and he lovingly refers to them as "my people" in his diary.

Throughout the diary we read just how much he suffered physically. He mentions his sicknesses, his fevers, his aches and pains, his trouble eating and with his stomach. Several times he speaks of coughs that are accompanied by blood  (which actually started when he first entered college). He continues to work with different tribes and "nations" of Native Americans. Although we know he had much success with the Native Americans in their acceptance of the Gospel, you wouldn't know it by his diary. Mr. Brainerd was not at all the kind of man to boast. He praises God when he notices the Spirit working, but he always re-evaluates how he can further the kingdom even more amongst the Native Americans.

He loved the people that God sent him to. He desired for their salvation. As he preaches in different churches he is asked to become a pastor and refuses because of "his little flock" in the wilderness - as he calls them. He is endeared to them and on his death bed receives letters from them that bring him much joy of how well they are fairing in their spiritual walk. 

As the end of his life draws near, I just longed for him to die and be with God. He suffered tremendously the months before his death and he still continued to find something to do for the furthering of His Kingdom. Four months before his death he writes: "... death appeared inconceivably more desirable to me than a useless life.."

There is a recurring theme that somewhat haunts the whole diary and that is that he longs to be with God. David Brainerd died at the age of 29 and from the first entries of his diary we see he just wants to be with Him. Jonathan Edwards comments on David saying that " . . he generally made it one petition in his prayer, 'that we might not outlive our usefulness'".

I didn't know this, but Jonathan Edwards and David Brainerd knew each other. So much so that David died in Mr. Edwards home. Mr. Edwards' daughter Jerusha, nursed David Brainerd until he died. She died four months later of a fever. This is what her father, Jonathan Edward says in the commentary: "Since this, (the writing of the commentary of David Brainerd's diary)it has pleased a holy and sovereign God to take away this my dear child by death, on the 14th of February, next following, after a short illness of five days, in the eighteenth year of her age. She was a person of much the same spirit with Mr. Brainerd. She had constantly take care of and attended him in his sickness, for nineteen weeks before his death; devoting herself to it with great delight because she looked on him as an eminent servant of Jesus Christ.

I have heard it countless of times that as Christians, we should read biographies of other Christians, and I agree with that. The diary of David Brainerd really helped me to stop complaining. I sometimes feel too tired to work in ministry, but this man puts these feelings to shame! You will not come out happy, refreshed, or rejuvenated after reading this book. As a person, I don't struggle with depression. I tend to be a fairly happy person, and I am not known to be serious; but this book made me think a lot about that. God saving me brings me so much joy and the fact that He didn't have to save me changes my perspective on all things dire. I am saved to be eternally with Him and I don't deserve to be. But do I hate my sin that much? I just go so quickly to the Cross when I sin. I feel shame and quickly turn to the work of Jesus that saved me. I don't think about the slop I just fed on. I don't think about the $*** I just played with, it doesn't horrify me all the heaps of dung I prefer at moments instead of my Savior. I believe I should think on those things more, and I hope I do when I return to my sin.

I recommend this book to any true Christian.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To Him Be All the Glory - Poem

I have been thinking about this poem for a couple of months. It is my testimony in poem form. 

We all begin our walk with the Lord seeing a glimpse of our sinful heart. The law helps us see that we fall short and deserve death. For me, I tried very hard to "make up" for my wretchedness, but glory to God, He showed me grace and justified me so I may boldly approach the throne. It was His work on the Cross, not mine that saved me. 

This poem (like the book of Hebrews and Revelations - for all you nerds!) is meant to be read out loud. Feel free to read it in your churches, gatherings or to share it. All I ask is that you mention that I wrote it. Blessings. 

To Him Be All The Glory
By Anna R. Tobey

A reflection in the mirror forces me to see the destruction
Of what I have done with my life and all the repercussions
The mirror is a tablet of stone, carved by the great I AM
Given to a Levite, son of Jacob, son of Abraham
I look at the Holy and Righteous Judge and I cower and whimper
Knowing that of all the wretches in this world, I am the greatest sinner.
What can I say, what can I do, maybe there is somehow I can serve?
Because I know the punishment, I know what’s coming, I know what I deserve.

SO . . .

I cling to my culture, I cling to my tradition,
I cling to church on Sunday, and to my ambition.
I hold on to good intentions, and to time spent helping the poor.
How I cooked for the starving, and how I swept the church floor.
I sang the songs of redemption, I sang of amazing Grace
I felt the Holy Spirit, and thought I saw Your face..
I gave all that I could, I gave more than I could even afford
I even healed the sick, I even called out LORD LORD!!

Surely, this is good enough, surely this all counts for something.
Surely, what I did in Your name is something worth trusting.
Surely, I can confide in these things that brought me joy.
Surely, they’re not dirty rags or heaps of dung for You to destroy

BUT THEY ARE . . . . . .

Your word says it plainly and it speaks rightly,
That all deserve death, even the least likely.
That we have been working and toiling and our paycheck is death
And You will come to collect when we take our last breath

Have Mercy on me oh Holy, Almighty and Righteous One.
Give me Grace paid on the cross by Your Only Son
Help me believe and put my trust on the blood of the Lamb
There is nothing, no one, nada that can save me from what I am.


A sinner, a wretch, a worm not worthy to crawl in the mire
Lead by my feelings, my wants and heinous desire.
Save me from myself, don’t let me be the same.
I trust Jesus, for salvation comes from no other name!

So covered by the blood of the Lamb that made a way
No longer do I cry for mercy when I’ll see Him on my Judgement day.
For when I stand facing  the most Holy One, Christ exclaims:
"Justice for this one. Justice in my name!!"

"Justice, for she is not guilty, her debt has been paid
Justice, for my life for her has been laid!!"
So I stand, thinking mercy is what I needed
But my Advocate proclaimed  that it’s Justice that proceeded.
For I am not guilty, I am without shame
Because He became guilty, He took on my blame
And the Judge poured out His wrath and made Him pay
The debt, I could never pay, no how, no way!

So how can I not love you, how can I not sing?
Of how Amazing Grace is, and how death has no sting!?
How can I not serve you, how can I not love the least of these??
How can you not be the only One I see and want to please?!?

There is no other like you, no not one!
I love you Holy Spirit, Father and Son!
Not because I’m good, but because You loved me first!
Because, no one else would for me become such a curse!

Behold the Lamb of God, come to take away my sin!!
It was never about me, but it was always about Him!!
He will bring glory to Himself, I’m just a small part of the story!
To Him be all blessing and to Him be all the glory!!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Love to Eat Hate to Eat - Book Review

What the back of the book says:
After years of futile dieting, you know there's more to weight control
than what you eat. Having discovered the power that food has over
our lives, Elyse Fitzpatrick helps you:

* identify your destructive eating habits *
* surrender your desire for control *
* break the vicious cycle of emotional eating *
*develop a flexible plan suited to your unique situation *

God knows everything about you . . . where you've been and where
you're going. Because He knows you so well, He can deeply
transform  you, giving you the contentment you long for. 

This is the first book I have ever read by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I have heard some of her talks and she is a woman that continuously brings everything back to the Gospel. I . . . LOVE . . . THAT! This book is no different in her technique. All our problems in our life go back to the truth that we are in a fallen world marred by sin. We are weak, futile beings that cannot save ourselves from these besetting sins. Can I will myself to follow a diet? Of course, but if I am honest with myself the reason for the desire to lose weight is always ego-centric. How I will look. How much better I will feel. How healthy I will be. How I will be loved more, admired more etc. All of these thoughts have me in the center and is a form of idolatry. Elyse, speaks on the gift of food and that God provided us with this blessing, but like many things, we have come to worship and rely on food instead of its Creator. 

There is no diet plan in this book, so if you are looking for that, this isn't your book. She uses an acronym DISCIPLINE to help identify what sin is leading you to trust in food instead of on God. She encourages a food journal, something I have begun doing and rest assured, I eat a lot more than I thought I did! She also uses lots of Scripture, which a Christian should use, to battle sin. She points to the Holy Spirit as a helper in the struggle of gluttony. 

The main point, I believe, that this book is trying to get across is to love God with all your heart. This might sound too simple, but that is the key to breaking the chains of bondage to ANY sin. Bask in His glory, in His redemptive love then food will look like a mud pie compared to the ecstasy of knowing you are loved by the Creator of the universe so much that He poured His wrath on His Son instead of on you!

It is very tempting to want a list of what to eat and what not to eat. But that would be falling back into "laws" that I must follow. That would be falling back into feeling disappointed in myself because when I fail, I must now punish myself and starve or work out more. That would put me back into the cycle that I have been avoiding and has destroyed me and has led to a life where I am the center. 

She admits that this process is slow but steady. It is not a fad, it is not a twelve-step secret formula, and you will most likely lose weight slowly; but losing weight is not the point. The point is to grow in our sanctification (grow holier). The point is to grow closer to Him. The point is to bring Him glory in all we do, including how we eat. The point is to be used as a witness for the world to see His power and His love. 

If gluttony is one of the sins you struggle with, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I also recommend that you buy a notebook specifically for this book and to start your food journal. 

You can buy this book here!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Into The Arms of Molech

Bible Reading: I Kings 11:1-8

There is so much here that just shocks me. And just as quickly as the shock sets in, the Spirit convicts me, that I too am a Solomon. 

Chapter 11 starts with: "King Solomon loved many foreign women". In order to set alliances and also just because he could - Solomon married women that were not Hebrew. One of these foreign women is said to be the daughter of the Pharaoh. (I Kings 3:1). He built her a beautiful palace. There were 700 of these "alliance wives" and 300 concubines. And these women led him astray in his faith. Later Solomon goes on to warn against these kinds of women in Proverbs 5-7.

As Solomon grows old he ends up worshiping Ashtoreth (goddess of the Sidonites), Chemosh (god of the Moabites) and Molech (god of the Ammonites). He then actually builds two places to worship these gods and he joins his wives in worshiping these detestable gods. The place where he builds these places of worship was on a hill east of Jerusalem which is actually the Mount of Olives (the place where Jesus later wept for Jerusalem and gave His sermon on the mount). Even though Solomon did these horrible things, God still appeared to him twice so that he would turn away from these gods, but the Bible tells us that he turned away from following the God of Israel (I Kings 11:9). God then tears the Kingdom of Israel from Solomon and divides it into two kingdoms.

Reading I Kings 1-10 consecutively we see the glory of Solomon's reign.   In these chapters we see how he became king, how God blessed him, how he brought the people together, how he luxuriously spends to make an astonishing temple to worship God. We see Solomon's wisdom and judging techniques. We hear of his beauty and his love for justice. We see kings and queens from distant lands pay him homage for his wisdom and splendid kingdom. He just overflows with excess, riches and elegance. I can envision a shining city where nothing is made of silver because it has no worth because there is just so much gold (I Kings 10:21). But God is not flattered by the pomp. He reminds Solomon to obey His commands and warns that if he doesn't He will leave the Temple and tear his kingdom apart.  In chapter 9, Solomon finishes the Temple, but by chapter 11 he is building temples for the gods Chemosh and Molech. These gods are called detestable/hated (11:7) and required human sacrifice as a form of worship. Molech specifically required child sacrifice through burning them (what was called "passing them through the fire") in order to bring prosperity and success. Molech was molded to have extending arms where a fire could be lit underneath and a child could be placed within his arms. We see Manasseh King of Judah use this type of worship in 2 Chronicles 33:2-6. How horrific to have a Temple where God has decided to live and then down the road we hear the screams of humans and even children as they are sacrificed to abhorrent gods and then to find among the worshipers Solomon, God's chosen king. The son of the man after God's heart. Among this beautiful city made of gold is the excrement of man-made worship. I can't help but wonder if Solomon, fearing losing his success and prosperity, placed one of his little ones in the burning arms of Molech.

Our God is longsuffering and patient. (Psalm 86:5,  2 Peter 3:9, Joel 2:13, Isaiah 30:18) and gave Solomon time to return to Him, but Solomon had made his decision. Despite all God had given Solomon (and by all, I mean ALL!), Solomon betrays God for the arms of women who would eventually lead him astray to the arms of a burning god. He became lost in the glitter of the world that surrounded him. The blessings bestowed on him eventually cursed him. The riches given to him made him a poor and miserable man. Even the knowledge and wisdom God entrusted him with brought about him misery and emptiness. Just read Ecclesiastes.

In the end, God is not mocked and the fools are us if we seek to do things our way. We have a tendency to wander from God and His holy ways, and most of the time He is gracious to lead us back with tenderness. But there is a thin line that once it is crossed, God says enough and the buck stops with Him. Solomon worshiped the way the world in his day worshiped. Are we also tempted to do the same? Do the lights, speakers, smoke, and full out rock band tempt us to say "if we had a worship service like that, we would feel the Holy Spirit every Sunday, more people would come to church, people wouldn't be so bored" etc etc? Is there anything inherently wrong with these things, no. But if you need those things in order to "feel" like you worshiped God, we must examine ourselves again.(I John)

 The kingdom of God is a mustard seed (Mark 4) or leavening (Matthew 13) meaning it is small and in time it does something great. But not great in our fickle eyes, but greatness only God could invent. Solomon had a thousand women to bring him pleasure, wealth and power beyond measure, unprecedented wisdom and knowledge and the admiration of the known world, but it all crumbled under God because he worshiped other gods. And before he knew it, that road lead him to a place where he allowed the slow and painful death of children and maybe even participated in it.

I don't believe that the moment Solomon finished building the Temple of God that he turned around and said "I think we will worship Molech now." I do believe though, that there were some red flags that he chose to ignore and although it may have bothered him at first, he eventually stopped seeing them. Besetting sins don't ever start off shocking us into humility and repentance. I know my ugly sins didn't look so ugly at first. But our God is merciful to forgive us and sent His Son to bring us into communion with Him.

Let us not be tempted to worship like the world. Let us not become lost in the glitter of things that will not bring true happiness. Let us only look to the God who saves us from ourselves and allows us to truly rest in His arm.

White Princess Book Review

The White Princess is written by Philippa Gregory and is the story of Elizabeth of York and her rule as Queen of England. Elizabeth of York is the mother of Henry VIII; the grandmother of Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I and James V of Scotland; and the great-grandmother of Mary Stuart Queen of Scots.

The book begins with Elizabeth becoming the wife of Henry Tudor who has become Henry VII King of England. It would be a great advantage to the reader to have read "Lady of the Rivers", "The White Queen" and the "The Red Queen" previously as to understand just how incredible the players of this book are. There are so many names and tangles in the lineage and they are so closely related that it is best to be prepared with foreknowledge of these incredible characters. There is a curse that is spoken of quiet often in the book, and if you do not know the lineage after Henry VII,  you might want to do some research on it. Reading "The Constant Princess" and "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory would help.

The book itself was really well written. Philippa Gregory does an outstanding job in developing the characters in the book. Her history is impeccable and her "theory" of the missing princes makes sense. I love her depiction of Henry Tudor and his mother Margaret Beaufort Countess of Richmond (she is the Red Queen). Although King Henry's anxiety does get a little old by the end of the book.

Queen Elizabeth of  York is a peacemaker and soother. In the book, she deals with a suspicious husband that still has his umbilical cord attached to his mother. She has a mother-in-law from hell and a mother (The White Queen and former Queen of England) with a rebellious heart and spirit that puts her and many others in danger. Throughout the book, Elizabeth of  York is second-guessed, mistrusted, and shamed; but she continuously is dutiful and faithful to her new allegiance.

To the Christian: This book is sexually tame compared to other Philippa Gregory novels.The love scenes (about 4 of them throughout the whole book) are usually no more than a paragraph long and deal mostly with Elizabeth of York's heart than what is happening physically.
                           Like most books written about this time period, the Church and God are involved in the majority of medieval royal life. Prayers, fasts, feast days, confessions, God's sovereignty are sprinkled throughout the book.

Glory to God: I really enjoy reading about these times in history. Everything - life, death, weather, children or lack thereof, sickness, health, war, and so much more are all attributed to God. So much was left to God and the people respected His decision making. These days, we really pat ourselves on the back more than we should. And the day things don't go as we wanted we blame God, never thanking him for the 364 days that things went well.

Scriptures: Our God is in the heavens, He does all that He pleases. Psalm 115:3
                  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. ~ Romans 13:1

If you are interested in this book, you can order it via Amazon by clicking here

I am Jericho

I am Jericho

A land pagan and full of sin
My walls tower like the souls within
This Joshua wants me so I stand up proud
These walls will not tumble no matter how loud
The crashing of the pots and jars crumble at my feet
My heart is rebellious, I am on the throne, I am on the seat

The horns begin to blare
He circles me as I stare
Fall, I will not dare
I will leave Him in despair.

Here comes the attack
There is no turning back
I am soon to be sacked

This man is on a mission
Breaking my walls without permission
My sin is dying, along with my volition
Killing all that is me and my tradition

He makes me His city, I am the Promised Land
I was in His thoughts even before He made man
I was set on His heart before I even knew
That conquering me was something He was set to do

The dust of the battle has settled down
I was a lost city now eternally found
I am captive to Him forever bound
I am His and there’s no sweeter sound.